Collected Stories of William Faulkner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do the Native Americans want to hold a trial for the chief's nephew in the white man's court?

2. What does the father of the two young boys tell them to do when he sees the party that has come to arrest them?

3. In the story "Red Leaves," how many Indians are searching for the chief's slave?

4. What is the only thing Emily's father leaves to her in his will?

5. What part of the black men's clothing did Lucius Provine burn when he was a child?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the sympathy of the Confederate soldier his downfall in the story "Mountain Victory"?

2. On what image does Faulkner end the story "Crevasse"?

3. How does the Judge realize that he is dead in the story "Beyond"?

4. Why is Res Grier accused of arson?

5. In the story "Lo," why is the president uncomfortable with the Native Americans who come to him for advice?

6. Why does Alec Gray kill his commanding officer?

7. What happens to the traveling soldiers who are trying to escape enemy fire in the story "Crevasse"?

8. How does Harrison Blair's wife feel about him?

9. What is life like for Alec Gray after he leaves the Army?

10. Why do unexpected visitors frequently arrive at the home of Roger Howes in the story "Artist at Home"?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

"Turnabout" directly addresses the idea of prejudice in the Army during wartime. First, describe how the soldiers in this story felt about one another before spending a day in the other's shoes. Then describe the events that led up to the two soldiers experiencing a day in the other's life. Finally, describe what the soldiers realized was the same about them by the end of the story. What was still different?

Essay Topic 2

In the stories "Two Soldiers" and "Shall Not Perish," Faulkner plays with the contrast between the rich and poor during the Civil War. First, give a description of the way the poor families are portrayed in these two stories and compare/contrast this with the description of the rich families. Then argue which of these groups of people Faulkner sympathizes with more, and give at least two examples from the text to back up your argument.

Essay Topic 3

"Wash" is a story about race relations on slave plantations. First, compare/contrast the way white slaves and black slaves are treated on the plantation. How does this unbalanced treatment affect Wash's life? Then compare/contrast the way Wash hoped his master would treat his granddaughter with the way he actually treated her. How did this unexpected treatment lead Wash to commit double murder?

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